Cold-brewed tea is better

Chocolate Pu erhI don’t drink coffee, not only because it’s too acidic, but because, over time, I’ve become allergic to it. I like hydrating first thing in the morning by having tea, but I don’t have much time to wait for the kettle to brew, or the hot tea to cool down, so I usually heat double-filtered water in the microwave for 30 seconds, and then add the tea bag to the warmed water. So, I got excited when I found out that I can just pop the tea bag in cold water, no other steps. “This method has been found to reduce the caffeine content and is said to reduce bitterness and improve the aroma…” (1). Cold-brewed tea may even have more antioxidants, because water that is too hot, can destroy some of the wonderful powers of tea (1).

  1. Source: Greger, M.D., Michael. How Not to Die. Book. New York: Flatiron Books. 2015 pg. 387.

photo: one of my favorite teas

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